Fine Wine: Organic Brunello di Montalcino, well sort of…

poggio di sotto brunello combo

Ahh! Tuscany, the land of rolling hills, hilltop villages, olive groves and vineyards, all bathed in a beautiful amber light. The area however is also known for producing some of the finest wines around including Brunello di Montalcino.

“Majestic. Elegant. Powerful. Long-lived. Expensive. Rare. All these adjectives have been applied to Brunello di Montalcino by the world’s leading wine authorities from Cyril Ray to Burton Anderson.”

Originating in the 14th century in the Montalcino area of Tuscany this wine gained its notoriety in the mid 19th century. It is made with specific plantings of the Sangiovese vine that has properties that allow it to be aged for a considerable period of time.

Piero and Elisabeth Palmucci founded Poggio di Sotto in 1989 and have since been producing one of the area‘s finest Brunello di Montalcino. Although the vineyard is not certified organic, the grapes are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or herbicides of any kind.

In a review of the 2003 vintage, Robert Parker describes it as

“a subtle wine. Somewhat reticent in its aromatics, it explodes on the palate with a burst of ripe, candied Pinot-like red fruit. Subtle notes of licorice, smoke and tar develop in the glass, but this remains a fruit-driven wine made in an atypically ripe, lush style for this producer.”

Enjoy it yourself or give it as a gift to someone you really like! (would also be the perfect complement to our Italian Gourmet gift basket!). Prices vary based on the vintage but average in the $100 to $140.00 range for a 750 ml bottle.